Class of 2013 Looks Forward to a ‘New Beginning’ as
Men of Morehouse
Taylor Hampton’s family drove 13 hours to Atlanta from Milwaukee, Wisc. for something his mother, Marilyn, has looked forward to, yet dreaded – letting him go to grow.
But Morehouse was the destination, a comforting fact for her as Taylor will be with his new family at Graves Hall.
“We’re a little nervous. He’s my baby,” she said as Taylor’s father, Wayne, stood nearby. “But he’s in good hands at Morehouse and we’re really pleased.”
Hampton is one of 800 new men of Morehouse who are beginning a new phase in their lives – striving to become the Renaissance Men President Robert M. Franklin Jr. ’75 told them they were soon to become.
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Nearly 1,200 students learned about the importance of education and what it was like to be a college student as they filled the campus for the 2009 Summer Academy. >>
As U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder walked to the Leadership Center building last semester, he was followed by a large group of students, asking him questions that stuck with Roy Craft, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. These questions helped formed the foundation for a new pilot program designed specifically for seniors, the Senior Crown Forum. >>
Ten years ago, Sandra Walker won her battle with breast cancer and became a survivor. She commemorated the triumph by launching the Morehouse College Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. >>
President Robert M. Franklin Jr. ’75 has been re-elected to another one-year term as a member-at-large of the executive committee of the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education. >>
A Morehouse Man -- John Silvanus Wilson Jr. ’79 -- has been appointed executive director of the White House’s Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), a post that makes him President Barack Obama's main liaison between the administration and the nation’s HBCUs. >>
A new era in which an African American is president and many of the world’s most influential people are black raises the bar of promise for the newest group of Morehouse graduates, political commentator Jamal Simmons ’93 told the class of 2009 during Summer Commencement. >>
Students Tell Alumni ‘Thanks’ for their Financial Help During Summer Thank-a-Thon
There were quite a few alumni who were plesantly surprised when senior sociology major Brendon Hudson reached out to touch them by phone this summer.
Hudson wasn’t calling to ask for anything. He just wanted to say thanks for their support.
“We’re letting them know we appreciate all of the gifts they give to the school, which basically helps us to keep going to school,” Hudson said.
He was one of several students who spent eight hours a day, five days a week for ten weeks this summer dialing 2,200 alumni all over the country and expressing their appreciation for the financial gifts that have helped students at Morehouse. The new effort, called the Thank-a-Thon, was just that – the opportunity to the let alumni hear directly from the students who have benefited from his generosity.
Charles Huntley Nelson Served as an Ambassador for Visual Arts
Charles Huntley Nelson, assistant professor of art, died on July 30. Nelson joined the Morehouse faculty in 2007 as an instructor for the Survey of Visual Arts and oversaw the College’s Purvis Young Collection exhibit.
An Atlanta-based visual conceptual artist, Nelson’s site-specific installations, paintings, drawings and video work have been displayed at institutions such as the University of Miami, South Carolina State University, Morris Brown College, Grambling State University and Agnes Scott College. He had also been a solo exhibitor or part of group exhibits prestigious galleries and collections in Georgia, New Jersey, Minnesota, Texas, Ohio, California, New York, Washington D.C., London, England and Johannesburg, South Africa.